The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist
For God, King, Country, and for Self
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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In academic libraries today there appears to be no lack of resources on the topic of “loyalists” or “Tories,” those who persisted in their allegiance to the king of England during the American Revolution and paid the price for being losers. The Reverend Jacob Bailey, an Anglican missionary preacher from Maine, then part of Massachusetts, ...
One. The Education of Jacob Bailey
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Early one bitterly cold mid-December morning in 1759, a schoolmaster named Jacob Bailey set out on foot from the town of Gloucester in the province of Massachusetts. These were the first steps on a journey that would eventually take him all the way to London, England, and back— a journey that would change his life forever. ...
Two. From Teacher to Preacher
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By the time the affair with Polly Jewett, or Dorinda, dragged to a conclusion of sorts during the summer and fall of 1755, Jacob Bailey was engaged in teaching school, the occupation that, temporarily at least, attracted large numbers of recent college graduates until they could go into the ministry, the law, commerce, ...
Three. Frontier Missionary
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During the next nineteen years, from 1760 to 1779, the Reverend Jacob Bailey served the frontier town of Pownalborough, formerly named Frankfort, as its sole ordained clergyman. During that time, he would confront three major challenges. The most immediate was to fulfill the demands of his pastoral calling ...
Four. The Politics of Religion
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The Reverend Jacob Bailey could hardly have arrived at Pownalborough at a more propitious time, or one more filled with potential disruption. The final act in the British conquest of French Canada during the Seven Years’ War occurred in 1760 with the fall of Montreal, something of an anticlimax after the dramatic capture of Quebec the year before. ...
Five. The Religion of Politics
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Conditions in the town of Pownalborough had always been contentious for Pastor Bailey ever since his arrival in 1760, but the crises drawing the town into the Revolution tended to politicize animosities that up to then had been largely religious and personal in nature. On the one hand, as usual, were Bailey’s two antagonists, ...
Six. The Price of an Oath
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Judge Jonathan Bowman and Sheriff Charles Cushing still had to discover the means by which to coerce their annoying and dangerous college classmate to repudiate his oath of fidelity to the king and accept the new revolutionary order. The tenacity on both sides was religious, political, and personal. ...
Seven. Reconciled to Exile
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Over the next decade, several major themes would complicate the lives of Nova Scotia’s loyalist refugees— and that of Rev. Jacob Bailey in particular. As the Revolution dragged on, becoming international in scope, loyalist hopes for a quick return home gave way to the realization that “home” might well turn out to be Nova Scotia. ...
Eight. On Reading Jacob Bailey, Loyalist
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Although Jacob Bailey had always exhibited a talent for literary expression in many different genres, his arrival in Nova Scotia stimulated those literary tendencies. The great bulk of his literary output is located in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax, where it comprises no less than fifteen volumes on thirteen microfilm reels, ...
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Having overcome the traumas of persecution, revolution, and exile, the Reverend Mr. Jacob Bailey died in Annapolis on July 26, 1808, at the age of seventy- seven, survived by his wife Sally and six children.1 The exact location of his burial place is unknown, but in the garrison graveyard of Fort Anne, in Annapolis, there stands a substantial memorial ...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 10 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2012